Chapter 1: Introduction: thinking about human rights.
Realities, Concepts, The social sciences, Beyond human rights law, Conclusion.
Chapter 2 Origins: the rise and fall of natural rights.
Why history? On rights and tyrants, Justice and rights, Natural rights, The age of revolutions, The decline of natural rights.
Chapter 3 After 1945: the new age of rights.
The UN and the human rights revival, The Universal Declaration, From theory to practice: (a)The Cold War, (b)After the Cold War, Conclusion.
Chapter 4 Theories of human rights.
Why theory? Human rights theory: (a) Rights (b) Other values (c) Human nature (d) Conflicts of rights (e) Democracy (f) Conclusion.
Chapter 5 The role of the social sciences.
Introduction: human rights and social science, The dominance of law, Political science, Sociology, Psychology, Anthropology, International relations, Conclusion.
Chapter 6 Universality, diversity and difference: culture and human rights.
The problem of cultural imperialism, Cultural relativism, Minority rights, Indigenous peoples, The right to self-determination, The rights of women.
Chapter 7 Idealism, realism and repression: the politics of human rights.
The real politics of human rights, The boomerang theory, The national politics of human rights, The statistics of human rights, NGOs in world politics.
Chapter 8 Development and Globalization: economics and human rights.
Development versus human rights? The right to development, Globalization, International financial institutions, Economic and social rights.
Chapter 9 Conclusion: human rights in the twenty-first century.
Learning from history, Objections to human rights, Problems of intervention, Concluding remarks.